THE HIGHCREST ACADEMY AWARDS
Rights Respecting School Award
Highcrest became a Rights Respecting School in 2014 and achieved the Level 1 award in 2015. UNICEF moderators upgraded us to a Gold Award school after an inspection in 2018. Indeed, we were the first secondary school in Buckinghamshire, and only the fifteenth secondary school nationally, to be accredited as a Gold Award UNICEF Rights Respecting School; you can imagine how proud our community is of this award. The UNICEF articles continue to be at the heart of everything that we do at Highcrest.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. As a rights-respecting school, we teach our students about their rights and model respectful relationships.
The Highcrest Academy is committed to ensuring our students have access to the widest possible range of information and support to help them plan their future careers.
We see apprenticeships as an essential component of this. For many students an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn is a great alternative to traditional University applications. There are now an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships that give students the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure a successful career.
That is why Highcrest’s Careers Coordinator, Mr Rob Evans, has become an Apprenticeship Champion registered with the National Apprenticeship Service. The Academy works with a number of external businesses and agencies to raise awareness of the exciting and credible range of opportunities offered by apprenticeships.
The NACE Challenge Award
The NACE Challenge Award provides national recognition of school-wide high quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all.
Achieving the award means that we demonstrate good or outstanding provision in teaching and learning for more able learners. We have been successfully reaccredited with this prestigious award for the last two years.
The EQualities Award
The EQualities Award recognises the academy’s commitment to treating everyone equally.
To gain this award, Highcrest had to identify and review the different ways in which the academy engenders equality of opportunity and raises outcomes for all learners regardless of gender, disability, faith and ethnicity, sexual identity and socio-economic disadvantage. The promotion of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also a core feature of the audit, which also focused on safeguarding, bullying and the promotion of fundamental British values. The award is valid for three years.
IQM Flagship School Award
Effective schools are inclusive schools that monitor, develop and devise strategies to improve the effectiveness of their provision to meet the needs of all students.
External assessors examined the school as an inclusive environment, looking for every child gaining access to every activity in school. The Inclusion Quality Mark covers absolutely everything in school, from students with special learning needs to the most able and those needing more help with literacy and numeracy. The IQM award certifies that both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities are accessible to all at The Highcrest Academy.
The Quality Mark is about recognising minimum standards in teaching literacy and numeracy.
Attainment of this award is normally based on a close partnership between the Basic Skills Agency, Local Authority and schools. The Quality Mark provides a framework for continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school.
The Highcrest Academy is one of the few schools to have achieved this award four times. We have held the Basic Skills quality mark for nine consecutive years.
The Good Schools Guide
In addition, Highcrest was noted in a recent edition of The Good Schools Guide as a standout school for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
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